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Tips When Exercising In The Heat

on July 17, 2018 - 12:35pm

By Stacey Castille

Wellness Director

The Family YMCA


The “hot” dog days of summer have arrived! We at The Family YMCA would like to remind you to take appropriate steps to stay safe while being active in these high temperatures. Our bodies have to work much harder to stay cool in hot weather so you might not be able to run or bike as fast or as far as you might in cooler temperatures. Make sure you listen to your body and follow these steps to avoid heat related illnesses.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout your day, not just when you are exercising.

A.B.L.E. At Full Body Health And Fitness July 20

on July 17, 2018 - 12:08pm

Sarah Downs and Nik Allen are brand ambassadors for A.B.L.E New Mexico. Courtesy photo


One portable fitness tool and you are A.B.L.E to do anything. Sarah Downs and Nik Allen have brought a revolutionary product, A.B.L.E, to Los Alamos that is sure to peak the interest of many fitness gurus.

Downs will share tips about Fitness and the A.B.L.E product 4-7 p.m., July 20 at UNM-LA during the Full Body Health and Fitness Event. At the event guests will have a chance to win a package of gifts from Sarah Downs and Nik Allen.

BeWellnm Provides Millennials With Insurance Options

on July 17, 2018 - 12:08pm


ALBUQUERQUE– Between finishing college, starting a career and sorting out personal finances, people in their 20s are living through a time replete with complex planning and logistics.

One especially important milestone to consider comes at the age of 26 - the age people may no longer be covered under a parent’s health plan.

Navigating the world of health insurance can be challenging, but beWellnm is here to help 26-year-olds (and everyone else for that matter) figure out their options.

FBI: Santa Fe Cardiologist Gets 51 Months In Prison

on July 17, 2018 - 10:16am
FBI News:
ALBUQUERQUE Chief U.S. District Judge William P. “Chip” Johnson sentenced Roy G. Heilbron last week in Federal Court in Albuquerque to 51 months of imprisonment for his convictions on health care fraud and obstruction of justice charges.
The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson, Acting Special Agent in Charge Maxwell D. Marker of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division and U.S. Marshal Sonya K. Chavez.
Heilbron, 54, a cardiologist residing in Santa Fe, was sentenced to 24 months for his conviction on a health care fraud charge, and 27 months for his

DOJ: Regulatory Steps To Address Opioid Epidemic

on July 16, 2018 - 8:02am
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Department of Justice Wednesday announced the finalization of an April proposal to improve the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to control the diversion of dangerous drugs in the midst of the national opioid crisis.
Announced in April by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the final rule sent for publication today in the Federal Register establishes that DEA will take into consideration the extent that a drug is diverted for abuse when it sets its annual opioid production limits.
If DEA believes that that a particular opioid or a particular company’s

Scenes From YMCA Science Of Fitness Class

on July 14, 2018 - 8:41pm

Family YMCA instructors Carrie Garcia, left, and Warapha Prime lead a group of individuals in a warm up during a PiYo class today at Ashley Pond Park. The class, which combines pilates and yoga, was part of ScienceFest and educated participants on the science behind fitness. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

A group of participants warm up at the start of the PiYo class today at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

YMCA Instructor Emily Christiansen demonstrates an exercise routine during today's PiYo class. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

YMCA Instructor

On The Job In Los Alamos: LAMC Auxiliary Members

on July 14, 2018 - 6:55am

On the job in Los Alamos are Los Alamos Medical Center Lobby Shop Manager Teri Nixon, left, Assistant Manager Wendy Schamaun and LAMC Auxiliary member Jo-Ellen Brown keeping busy during the Black Friday sale held on the infamous Friday the 13th. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos Medical Center gave shoppers a little bit of luck on what is often thought to be the unluckiest day of the year: Friday the 13th.

Friday, the hospital's lobby shop hosted a Black Friday sale, which featured 20 to 75 percent off sale items.

Lobby Shop Black Friday Sale At LAMC Today

on July 13, 2018 - 7:38am

Tobacco Use Among New Mexico High School Students At All-Time Low

on July 12, 2018 - 7:58am


The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports that rates of cigarette smoking by New Mexico high school students are lower than ever before - dropping by more than 50 percent over the last decade.

According to data from the 2017 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey (YRRS), youth cigarette smoking has dropped from 24.2 percent in 2007 to nearly one in 10 (10.6 percent) New Mexico high school students in 2017.

Usage rates for other tobacco products including cigars, chew/spit tobacco, and hookah (a large water pipe used to smoke tobacco) have also fallen to historic

UNM-LA EMS And Science Faculty At ScienceFest

on July 11, 2018 - 6:58pm
UNM-LA Instructor Leslie Dendy, right, offered a pH testing activity, which drew participants of all ages during ScienceFest 2017. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA
EMS Instructor and LAFD Battalion Chief Joseph Candelaria talks to community members during an open house in August 2016. EMS Instructor/LAFD Deputy Chief Steve Dewald looks on from the simulated ER/hospital room. Photo by Kateri Morris/UNM-LA


The community is invited to participate in University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Sciencefest activities.

Cancer Foundation For New Mexico’s Support Groups – Free Community Resource

on July 10, 2018 - 4:02am
SANTA FE — The Cancer Foundation for New Mexico (CFFNM) is a local non-profit organization that provides life-critical services to northern New Mexican cancer patients and their families. Founded in 2003, CFFNM offers mileage reimbursement, overnight lodging and grocery cards to in-need northern New Mexican cancer patients to ensure access to their treatment in Santa Fe.
One of its vital services is a comprehensive schedule of support groups to offer healing and hope for cancer patients as well as caregivers and family members.
“Our support groups are available to all

Local Clinician Recognized As IFM Certified Practitioner

on July 2, 2018 - 9:28am
Dr. Kristen L. Biggs
IFM News:
The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), the global leader in Functional Medicine, has announced Kristen L. Biggs, MD, RPVI, RPhS, FACS of Los Alamos as a member of the May 2018 graduating class of IFM Certified Practiitioners.
As an IFM Certified Practitioner of The Intitute for Functional Medicine's Certification Program (IFMCP), Dr. Biggs is uniquely trained in the Functional Medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of chronic disease. In order to achieve the designation of IFM Certified Practitioner, Dr.

Functional Medicine May Be Key To Optimal Health

on June 30, 2018 - 5:47am
Dr. Carmen Solano in front of her office at 1460 Trinity Dr. Suite 8.
Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

No matter where our summer adventures take place, we don’t want to be slowed down by dis-ease. No energy, brain fog, weakness, low mood, anxiety and a myriad of other symptoms can leave us feeling … well, simply bad.

This is where Functional Medicine can help. It is what is known as lifestyle medicine since the focus is not only about addressing the symptoms, but finding the reason for those symptoms and then restoring functions that are out of balance.

As an example,

Lujan Grisham Calls For House Hearings On Expanding Radiation Exposure Compensation Program

on June 30, 2018 - 5:40am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) released the following statement Wednesday after the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining the Eligibility Requirements for the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program to Ensure all Downwinders Receive Coverage.”
Under current law, New Mexicans who were impacted by radiation exposure from atomic bomb testing and worked in uranium mines during the Cold War do not have access to compensation.
“I am encouraged that the Senate Judiciary

Nancy Partridge Walks To Find Cure For Breast Cancer

on June 30, 2018 - 5:29am

Nancy Partridge participating  in a fundraising 60-mile endurance walk to raise funds for breast cancer research, education and treatment in 2001 in Colorado. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos
  • Part one in a series

Stage III fire restrictions closed the trails in Los Alamos County. This is a good thing; because, there are people out there who do stupid things that make life harder for the dedicated men and women who protect our community during wildfires. I count myself among them.

At the time of the Cerro Grande Fire I was a news reporter in Colorado.

Health IG Launches Inquiry After Senators Demand Investigation Of Health Department’s Treatment Of Children Separated From Parents

on June 29, 2018 - 5:52pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. The Office of Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would conduct a comprehensive review of the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program after U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich sent a letter to the Office of Inspector General requesting they look into the issue.
The request for an investigation follows weeks of uncertainty about the Health Department’s ability to appropriately care for children placed in its custody as a result of President Trump’s

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham Releases Plan To Fight Opioid Epidemic In New Mexico

on June 29, 2018 - 9:37am
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
ALBUQUERQUE ― U.S. Rep. and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham has released her plan to tackle the opioid epidemic in New Mexico.
“Fighting the opioid epidemic will be one of my first priorities as governor. Opioid addiction is ruining lives and communities across New Mexico. It destroys families, contributes to child neglect and abuse, increases crime, and hurts our economy,” Lujan Grisham said.

Udall Fights For Justice For Victims Of Radiation Exposure In Key Senate Hearing

on June 28, 2018 - 12:12pm

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. In a major step forward in the fight for justice for victims of radiation exposure, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) testified Wednesday in a key Senate hearing on the need to enact his legislation to expand the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) and provide compensation to all New Mexicans, Tribal members, and families throughout the country affected by exposure to radiation during the Cold War.
The hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee was held eight years after

Four Pueblo Governors Meet With U.S. Department Of Justice Opioid Coordinator And U.S. Attorney

on June 26, 2018 - 9:06am

Governors and representatives of the Eight Northern Pueblos Council meet Monday afternoon at Ohkay Owingeh with Justice Department Opioid Coordinator Mary Daly and U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson. Photo by Maire O'Neill/

Justice Department Opioid Coordinator Mary Daly and U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson listen Monday afternoon to Pueblo governors at Ohkay Owingeh. Photo by Maire O'Neill/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Governors and other representatives of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos met Monday in Ohkay Owingeh with U.S.

DOE Releases RFP For Hanford OccMed Services

on June 25, 2018 - 7:25am
DOE News:
CINCINNATI, Ohio The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Thursday issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a contract to provide a variety of services at the Hanford Site, called the Hanford Occupational Medical Services Contract (OccMed).
The total estimated value of the contract is up to approximately $125 million. The period of performance includes a base period of three years (including a transition period of 90 days), and two option periods of two years for a total of seven years. The current OccMed contract at Hanford expires Sept. 30, 2018.
DOE anticipates awarding

Public Transportation Key To Boosting Health For Aging New Mexicans

on June 24, 2018 - 10:12am
By Stan Cooper
AARP Volunteer
NM Transit Association Board Member 
Most of us take for granted that we can wake up each day, get in our car, drive to work, drive home, drive to the grocery store or to a movie, and get wherever we want to go. But for some of us, the time will come when we can no longer drive a car and we must give up the keys.
The loss of a vehicle can often lead to cases of isolation, which causes a decrease in physical activity, and mental engagement.

Shin: The Black Market For Opioids

on June 24, 2018 - 8:20am
Los Alamos
Candidate for House Dist. 43


On Friday, June 22, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives passed comprehensive, bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6, aimed at the opioid crisis. Rep. Greg Walden described the combination of 58 bills as “one of the most significant congressional efforts against a drug crisis in our nation's history.”

Here in New Mexico, particularly in Rio Arriba, deaths from opioid overdose have become a daily occurrence, with one of the highest death rates in the Nation.

Atomic City Quilts Hosts Raffle For Cancer Research

on June 23, 2018 - 5:04am
Hand-made quilt by Don’s and Inge’s Creations will be raffled July 28 at Atomic City Quilts to raise money for breast cancer research. Courtesy photo
Atomic City Quilts is hosting a raffle for a full-size hand-made quilt to raise funds for breast cancer research, education and treatment.
The pink quilt was hand-made by Don’s and Inge’s Creations.
Raffle tickets are $25 (cash or check) and only 100 tickets will be sold. The raffle drawing is 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28 at Atomic City Quilts at 1247 Central Ave.

Bridge Care For Women Hosts Community Farewell Event For Nicolle Gonzales 3-5 p.m. Today!

on June 22, 2018 - 6:35am

Nicolle Gonzales is leaving Bridge Care for Women after almost seven years of dedicated service. The community is invited to gather 3-5 p.m. Friday, June 22, at the practice at 3500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C-5 to wish Gonzales well on her new journey in establishing the native led birthing center, Changing Woman Initiative. Light refreshments will be served. Courtesy photo

Trinity Urgent Care Accepts Broad Spectrum Of Insurance Plans; Medicare And Medicaid

on June 21, 2018 - 10:32am

Dr. Edward Grant, PA-DOM in front of Trinity Urgent Care Tuesday at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Trinity Urgent Care, LLC, at 1460 Trinity Dr., Suite A & B, in Los Alamos now accepts a much broader spectrum of insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. 

“Along with Medicare and Medicaid and the many insurances we accept, we also have a very fair self-pay system to help people out who don't have insurance,” explained Dr. Edward Grant, PA-DOM, during an interview Wednesday.